Espire 1: VR Operative

Espire 1: VR Operative is an adventure and shooter game developed by Digital Lode for the PC platform. The environment in the game belongs to the style of fiction, and the following features can be distinguished: action, adventure, stealth, vr, shooter. You will have access to such game modes as «for one player».

In Espire 1, to help infiltrate enemy strongholds and remain undetected during important secret missions, you must take control of your Android devices. But if you die, your memory will just be uploaded to another android module. And as you play, you’ll unlock new models with more abilities, offering a sense of steady progress over the course of a 5-hour campaign. And as you play, you will unlock new models with more skills and abilities.

I played most of the game on the normal default difficulty and found that the AI was good enough. It is important to remember that the enemy can see you above them if you were not high enough or hidden at all, and if they have a clear line of sight, they do not need much time to warn others of the attack. Immediately after the warning, they will start looking for you, but when they find you, the time in the game will slow down, and you will have a chance to react.

Slow motion when detected means that there is a small risk of attracting the attention of one enemy, but if you are patient and wait in ambush, there is a chance that they will forget about you. It is good that they fall instantly if you open on them or strike a quick blow to the head. No other VR game has really taken root in the classic stealth action genre so well. The combination of free movement and an intuitive way to Orient and aim VR works wonders. You will have to crawl through vents, climb the walls of buildings, hide behind shelters, avoid security cameras, defuse mines and sneak up on the bad guys and destroy them.

By the way, I really liked the health system in the game. When you are shot or hit, errors and crashes appear in your HUD, since you are an android.  In real time, you need to physically fix the glowing nodes, for this you will need a repair tool. I’ve often had to climb a wall or hide in a corner to heal quickly, but if you’re in the heat of battle, it can be difficult.

I would like to note 3D spatial audio, it makes the game more exciting. Imagine you can hear the footsteps of approaching guards before knocking out enemies with a stun dart. The developers also added some new mechanics that add a lot to the gameplay, now you have small cameras on the back of your wrist. You can use them to explore the territory and mark enemies, and no one will notice you, so you can place them for observation.

It’s a lot of fun that you can climb on any metal objects, walls, and using slow motion, you have a chance to jump through the room. Being on the edge of something, you can reach out and point the camera at the enemy, and then just as imperceptibly remove it with a gun. Such moments of virtual reality in Espire 1 will satisfy any player, you will definitely feel like a genius spy.

A little more about the Espire 1 features. The Option for a quick and smooth turn is something! Simply magnificent. You may notice a small shield that changes color from time to time. This is an indicator of the guard’s alertness. But the absolute innovation is of course the «Control Theater» option. When you move around, you can use this mode, it includes a vignette when viewing the territory. It is very convenient that the developers have made it possible to customize the sensitivity and position. So, any player will be able to choose for themselves a comfortable setting and fully enjoy the gameplay.  In addition, you can choose the location of all items on your body as you like.

Despite the fact that the campaign is a little short, you can go through it in various ways, you can use new weapons, new acquired skills. This way, each time the passage will become faster and more efficient. In addition, there are different levels of challenge, you will have a new task, a more complex map. You can test and learn stealth, climb walls or other objects, and much more.

Espire 1: VR Operational is by far the best in the stealth action genre that is available in VR. Yes, there are some shortcomings, but in General, the graphics, mechanics, and the passage itself will cause you to delight. This game is a great way to spend time with pleasure.